How to Quickly Teach Your Puppy to Potty

Are you looking to potty train your new puppy? Then this post is for you.
When it comes to various types of dog training, for most things you will have enough patience. Not for potty training though. Needless to say, proper pottying is something you would like to teach your puppy as soon as possible. If you allow a puppy to potty wherever it wants, it will soon become a real issue.
Like with babies, its best if you start early. Puppies quickly learn when they’re young and as long as you follow these steps, you won’t have many issues teaching it how to potty.

  • Consistency is the key
  • Every training is based on consistency. Due to the fact they don’t understand our language, it will take a while for a dog to learn all the basic commands. At first, it will receive most information by watching our body language but this shouldn’t be a long term solution as eventually, it needs to learn to respond to some voice commands.
Consistency is the basic necessity for any dog owner. By using phrases such as “go potty” over and over again, you’re telling a dog it’s ok to relieve itself. This is something that can only be learned through repetition.
However, consistency is not only important for voice commands; it is also important for building habits. If you teach your dog to potty each day at the same time, it will reduce the odds of dog having an accident and destroying your favorite carpet.
Have in mind that in this case, you’re the one that has to lead with an example. You’re the one that needs to wake up early, before a dog does its stuff and make sure you’re already outside when it needs to potty. In most cases, this type of training is all about predicting pet’s habits and making sure you accommodate them at the right time.

  • Proper and regular diet

In order for consistency to work, you also need to have a proper and regular diet. Otherwise, you won’t be able to predict timings and your dog will have to go potty each day at a different time.
Meals should be given each day at the same time. Also make sure to give same portions and if possible, each time same food (at least until puppy grows a bit and learns how to hold it in). This way you won’t give your dog something it cannot properly digest or god forbid, something that will induce vomiting or diarrhea. Even if it was an accident, each time dog relives itself at home, it sends a negative message as if you’re allowing it to do so.
Puppy needs to create discipline in itself and later on, this will easily pass on to other aspects of its behavior. Becoming disciplined will also have a positive impact on other puppy trainings as well.

  • Have patience and love

Accidents always happen when you have a small puppy. In the end, there is a good reason why we place blankets on the floor when they’re born.
No matter what you do, it’s necessary to have patience throughout the process. You shouldn’t lose your cool no matter what happens. This is a teaching process and changing up messages can be detrimental to a puppy.
Also, you have to do everything with love. Physical abuse of any kind can be a real issue. Even if it’s a gentle slap dog will remember it. This can cause some tragic consequences on its behavior. Even yelling can be counterproductive. But don’t worry; dog can easily figure out your body language and act according to it. It can understand when you’re dissatisfied with it and that it has to change its behavior.

Although things can get messy during puppy potty training, it is a process which you have to go through together. In the end, even though you might feel this is a waste of time, it will be a valuable life experience for your puppy which it will cherish forever.

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